It’s been a massive year for us here at Camp Roxy’s, and we asked some of our team and our friends to contribute their top 10 of 2013. Thanks to all of our friends for making this our biggest year yet! Feel free to peruse at your leisure!
Founder / Owner – Roxy’s
Record – Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Meal – 30 Courses at Playground 2.0 in Santa Ana (Thanks Jason Quinn!)
Trip – Burgers + Koreatown LA in March
Guilty Pleasure – Kimchi Tortilla Chips (pictured above)
TV – Watching all of Breaking Bad in three weeks
Party – Boston Bites Back @ Fenway Park – maybe the coolest thing Roxy’s has ever been a part of
Pie – McDundee Pie Competitions – @JM Curley, KO in Eastie, and Lincoln Southie
Addiction – Finding sleep therapy by falling asleep to Radiolab, This American Life, or Star Talk every night
Funny – Getting to the Comedy Cellar twice. Getting to see Louis CK in a random auditorium in Lowell.
Achievement – Signing a lease for our first brick and mortar, opening in Allston REAL soon.
2014 – Roxy’s Brick and Mortar, getting out of my comfort zone, eating more hamburgers, spending more time with family!
Production Director/Afternoon Presenter, Boston.com’s RadioBDC
01) Local Natives ‘Hummingbird’
02) White Lies ‘Big TV’
03) Ra Ra Riot ‘Beta Love’
04) Guards ‘In Guards We Trust’
05) Phoenix ‘Bankrupt!’
06) Frightened Rabbit ‘Pedestrian Verse’
07) Daughter ‘If You Leave’
08) Bastille ‘Bad Blood’
09) Daft Punk ‘Random Access Memories’
10) Cheetahs ‘Extended Plays’
11) Low ‘The Invisible Way’
12) Surfer Blood ‘Pythons’
What I’m looking forward to in 2014? A new album and tour from one of my favorite bands, Mogwai, and another slate of Live in the Lab sessions on RadioBDC!
Jesse Brackenbury, Chief Operating Officer, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
(The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston. The Greenway, a roof garden atop a highway tunnel, connects people and the city with beauty and fun. The non-profit Conservancy maintains, programs, and improves the Greenway on behalf of the public and in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.)
The Greenway’s Top 10 in 2013 includes great accomplishments and fun recognition:
1. In winter, we landed a $1.5M gift from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation that completed the capital campaign for the Greenway Carousel and began construction. We opened Labor Day weekend, on-time and on-budget. The Carousel—the most accessible in New England—features animals native to Boston (cod, lobster, skunk, and 10 more) instead of horses. It has become a landmark destination already, with attendance exceeding our expectations.
2. In the spring, our staff renovated the signature Rings Fountain, moving 100,000 pounds of pavers to fix hundreds of pipes, shooters, lights and more.
3. In May, the Greenway welcomed Roxy’s and other Boston food trucks who defeated their NYC counterparts at the second Food Truck Throwdown. The Throwdown was one of 370+ free eventsheld on the Greenway in 2013.
4. Also in May, we held our most important fundraising event, the Greenway Gala, in the park for the first time. Hundreds of attendees helped the Conservancy raises hundreds of thousand dollars to support our non-profit’s maintenance, programming, and improvement of the park.
5. In July, we were delighted to begin caring for the Armenian Heritage Park through a competitively awarded 3-year contract with the Armenian Heritage Foundation.
6. In September, we welcomed the new Matthew Ritchie mural and said goodbye to the Os Gemeos mural on the Greenway Wall at Dewey Square Park. These murals are part of the Greenway Conservancy’s strategy of temporary exhibitions of contemporary public art.
7. This year, we received over 3000 hours of volunteer help, ten-times the amount of just 3 years ago. Come volunteer to contribute to the stewardship of the park and learn about our organic practices from our horticulture staff.
In recognition of our work:
8. We won a Greenovate award from Mayor Menino for our innovative sustainability practices. The Greenway is Boston’s only organically maintained public park and one of a handful of organically maintained urban parks in the United States. And the Greenway Conservancy was named one of Boston’s leading environmental organizations by GreatNonProfits.org on the strength of reviews by the public.
9. We were honored as one of Boston’s “50 on Fire” for Arts & Entertainment by BostInno. Thisarticle and video includes other winners, such as Mei Mei Street Kitchen and the ICA.
10. The Boston Globe named the Greenway the “People’s Park” in a glowing front page article – and that was before the Globe’s front page coverage of the Greenway Carousel, Matthew Ritchie mural, and Celebrity Series pianos.
In 2014, we’ll continue with organic care, 300+ free annual events, food trucks, Greenway Carousel, and public art. In the new year we’re looking for new people to join us in creating fun and beauty on the Greenway – see our Jobs page.
My top 10 record releases from 2013:
1.Acid Rap- Chance The Rapper
2.Negativity- Deer Tick
3.L’Ami Du Peuple- Owen
4.Reflektor- Arcade Fire
5.Blowout- The So So Glos
6.20/20 Experience Pt. I- Justin Timberlake
7.Blur the Line- Those Darlins
8.Talon Of The Hawk- The Front Bottoms
9.Paradise Valley- John Mayer
10.Trap Lord- A$AP Ferg